|Of course I had helpers getting into EVERYTHING, which of course adds to the mess!!|
gets my creative juices flowing.
Next, I like to think about what I've seen and imagine it in my own home. I saw some awesome stuff, one was a completely organized shelving system, sitting pretty in matching labeled bins. I mean, it was like a personal second hand store in the basement! Awesome organizing, but it wouldn't work for me because I hate running to the basement. Yes, I'm lazy like that.
Then, I really hunker down and decide what I want my finished project to look like and how I want it to function. I make a plan as part of this step and make a list of things I need as well as a timeline.
Finally, I start. After all the steps.. I'm seriously excited. It's like Christmas, because I know soon I will have this awesomely organized gift of a space.
So, yeah... I started with this. These were only clothes that were is CJ's room. In-San-Ni-Tee! Keep in mind, things always get messier before they get better (at least in my case).
I ended with this.
I separated clothing by season and size, summer/spring and winter/fall and used a post-it to write what is specifically in each package (which are jumbo sized Ziplock Bags). Now when it's time to shop for a new season I can lift a package and see what I have without taking everything out. Laaaaaaaaaaaa!! That was my super sing song voice by the way.
Some of you may be thinking... How did you fit all those clothes in that one bin? Answer: I didn't!! I had to pare down... A lot. Part of my goal was to make sure I only kept what could fit in these bins. The clothes that didn't make the cut went to in a donation box. When all was said and done I had bought 3 blue bins with lids from Walmart and 1 package of jumbo Ziplock Bags.
I am truly excited about this new system and I really think its going to work for us.
My next task (at some point) will be finding a way of wrangling all the little shoes, and big shoes for that matter.
So, how have you handled your hand me down situation? Any ideas for shoes?
Thanks for reading,